Antonio Conte reveals why Fabregas and Oscar are still important for Chelsea


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that the midfield duo of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar are staying at Chelsea FC despite reports suggesting that their West London career might very well be over.

Oscar and Fabregas haven’t had the chance of playing regular football at Stamford Bridge since Conte changed Chelsea’s formation to 3-4-3. Oscar especially hasn’t started a single match since the change of formation back in September and has made just two substitute appearances. Reports suggest that Chelsea are willing to sell the talented Brazilian midfielder to Italian giants Inter Milan or Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.

Meanwhile Chelsea FC fans have also urged Italian manager Antonio Conte to sell the player in the upcoming transfer window and have regarded that ‘they’ve had enough of him’. Supporters have shown their frustrations at fans forum Various Chelsea fans wrote that: “They’ve had high hopes for Oscar at Chelsea, never once thought he wasn’t good enough to be in this squad. But lately I’m thinking a move away might be best for all concerned”.

Inter Milan are said to be leading the chase for Oscar. The Brazilian who signed for The Blues in 2012 for £20m is still under contract till 2019. Despite various transfer rumours Conte has said that Oscar isn’t going anywhere and still has an important role to play with Chelsea.

The Italian stated: “Oscar’s future is Chelsea. For me he is an important player in my squad. He is in good form. It is logical that I have to choose the starting XI every week but Oscar is a great player and, for me, he stays in Chelsea. It’s important send this message to all. He will stay with us because I consider him an important player.”

On a related note, the Chelsea boss also commented on Cesc Fabregas, another outcast at the club. Conte believes that the Spaniard adds depth to the squad’s already talented midfield and has all the resources to do “something important” for The Blues this season.

Conte added: “He is in a good shape and available for Sunday, for sure. It’s the same for him as for Oscar.”

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